To qualify, the publication must have produced at least 4 issues, at least one of which must have appeared in the year of eligibility , and meet additional requirements as listed below. The object of this category is to separate such things from fanzines, which are generally loss-making hobbyist pursuits. To qualify a publication must not be professional (pay a little, but generally not enough to make a living for anyone) and must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- The publication pays its contributors and/or staff in other than copies of the publication.
- The publication was generally available only for paid purchase.